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Hostile Questions: Carrie Ryan

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Carrie Ryan, Lawyer. What the heck was wrong with that? But no, drunk on the accomplishment of mastering U.S. law, this ambitious lass up and decided to burden the general populace with a few more volumes of bound pages. Hence The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places. […]

Hostile Questions: Courtney Summers

Monday, September 24th, 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Courtney Summers lives in Canada. Now, it’s true, I’m not a quote-unquote “expert” on Canada, but I’m pretty danged smart so let me paint you a picture of her writing life. Somewhere in the frozen, unforgiving Canadian tundra squats an ominous black cabin stinking of yak hide and bear piss (aka “the smell of fear”). […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Last Policeman

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Enjoy (yes, you must!) this week’s trailer for The Last Policeman, a book David Pitt calls a “solidly plotted whodunit with strong characters and excellent dialogue,” a preapocalyptic thriller for those who think the postapocalypse has gone utterly blasé. Sure, asteroid-countdowns have happened before, but this memorable beginning to a planned trilogy promises to entertain.

Hostile Questions: Victoria Dahl

Monday, April 9th, 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Everyone’s convinced that Victoria Dahl is the bee’s knees. (Provided that we’re talking about an abnormally titillating bee with unusually come-hither knees.) She’s the award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Impressive? Sure. But does she have the stamina to withstand my super-sexy cross-examination? Let’s get started — right after I slip […]

31 Horror Films in 31 Days: The Terrifying Conclusion

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

There’s a famous line from John Carpenter’s They Live: “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubble gum.” That’s exactly what I did to the third annual 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge. Previous Octobers I suffered the tortures of the damned, with the final days […]

Weeklings: E-Readers and Self-Publishers (The Usual Suspects)

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Department of I’m Shocked, Shocked, NPR reports that the NYTRB is mostly by and about white males (“Are ‘The New York Times’ Book Reviews Fair?“). Also on (“Books Have Many Futures,” although I couldn’t find audio), Linton Weeks presents this amusing scenario: Other types of books are not only meant to be […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Dead-Tossed Waves

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I’ve been fortunate enough to review both of Carrie Ryan’s horror/romance/action/post-apocalypse/period-drama zombie books. What I like about them (aside from the way they pull off that fivefold-hyphenate) is that they take zombies seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the z-word is not used; rather, the undead are “the Unconsecrated” or “the Mudo.” Classy, huh? (Another […]

Booklist vs. Bookchase

Monday, October 12th, 2009
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Seven months ago, four Booklist editors were shown up by the book-themed board game It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Seeing how our scattered egos were approaching reassembly, it was time for another round of humiliation. That’s just how we roll. Thus: Bookchase. The box claims as its audience everyone from “people who have […]

A Pre-Apocalyptic Book Club, Discussing Post-Apocalyptic Books

Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Posted by: Keir Graff

In January, AMC aired (or should I say “cabled”?) a short segment on Freebird Books‘ post-apocalyptic book club. And, no, that doesn’t mean the book club itself takes place after the apocalypse, merely that they’re discussing–wait, you’re way ahead of me, aren’t you? Anyway: great idea! Our own Ben Segedin is sort of a one-man post-apocalyptic […]

Many Voices, Much Singing

Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Posted by: Keir Graff

I had kind of been congratulating myself for my bravery in singing a few bars at the Booklist Forum, but after watching the recap of the Many Voices, Many Nations program, I’m in awe. Surely that was the year’s most musical discussion of books, writing, literacy, librarianship, and the fundamental unity of the global human […]

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